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Custom of the Country

Custom of the Country

by WHARTON Edith

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1913. First Edition . WHARTON, Edith. The Custom of the Country. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1913. Octavo, original gilt-stamped red cloth, original dust jacket. $4000.First edition of one of Wharton's best novels, in the scarce original dust jacket.""In some ways her most successful work, in that it draws on all her strengths as a novelist, especially as satirist and social chronicler… Custom is filled with penetrating satire, acute observations of the new Gilded Age, forcefully drawn characters, and international settings charged with a new power and direction… Undine is a creature of glaring light, a blinding, raw force of primitive beauty"" (Lowe, 391-92). Serialized earlier the same year, in revised form, in Scribner's Magazine. Garrison A21.I.a. Melish 48. Book fine, scarce original dust jacket with toning to spine, chipping to extremities, mostly at the spine ends.
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Fruit of the Tree

Fruit of the Tree

by WHARTON Edith

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1907. First Edition . Signed. WHARTON, Edith. The Fruit of the Tree. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1907. Small octavo, original red cloth, uncut. Housed in a custom cloth clamshell box. $8500.Rare pre-publication copy of Wharton's classic novel about the tragic results of unregulated industry and the need for labor reform, inscribed to Wharton's close friend and fellow author in the year of publication: ""Robert Grant from Edith Wharton. Oct. 1907.""In this novel, Wharton examines such controversial topics as euthanasia, treatment of factory workers, divorce, and drug addiction. It's ""an interesting and rewarding book in many ways—especially in its depiction of the heroine, Justine Brent, and her marriage to a weak man"" (Modern American Women Writers, 389). This pre-publication copy was produced without the frontispiece, list of illustrations, and illustration attribution on the title page, but contains one of the three first edition… Read More
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Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime

Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime

by BURKE Edmund

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1757. First Edition . (BURKE, Edmund). A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful. London: R. and J. Dodsley, 1757. Octavo, contemporary full dark brown calf rebacked with original spine and spine label neatly laid down, raised bands. $5200.First edition of Edmund Burke's influential work on ""themes that dominated Burke's thinking,"" a touchstone in the development of British Romanticism and the theoretical foundation for his celebrated 1790 work, Reflections on the Revolution in France, scarce in contemporary calf.Edmund Burke's Philosophical Enquiry ""might well be said to signalize the point at which aesthetic taste in England changed from the classical formalism of the earlier years of the 18th century to the romanticism of the later years"" (Encyclopedia of Philosophy I, 430). One of the single greatest influences on British Romanticism and the rise of the Gothic, Burke's landmark essay propelled by… Read More
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Poets of America

Poets of America

by STEDMAN Edmund Clarence

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1885. First Edition . STEDMAN, Edmund Clarence. Poets of America. Cambridge: Printed at the Riverside Press, 1885. Two volumes extended to six. Octavo, early 20th-century full crushed maroon morocco gilt, raised bands, watered silk endpapers, top edges gilt. $19,000.First edition, number 84 of 150 large paper copies, extra-illustrated with many engraved portraits and an extraordinary collection of autograph material from 54 different authors bound in. Very handsomely bound in full morocco-gilt by the Monastery Hill Bindery.This extra-illustrated set, assembled by a Mr. Blauvelt of Paterson, New Jersey, contains an extraordinary collection of autograph material that includes almost all of the major American writers of the latter part of the 19th century, including Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sarah Orne Jewett, William Cullen Bryant, George Washington Cable, Edward Everett, Horace Greeley, Julian Hawthorne, William Dean Howells, James Russell Lowell, S. Weir… Read More
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Aquarelle. Auf seiner Reise um die Erde

Aquarelle. Auf seiner Reise um die Erde

by HILDEBRANDT Eduard

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1871. First Edition . HILDEBRANDT, Eduard. Aquarelle. Auf seiner Reise um die Erde. [Watercolors. From his Trip around the World]. Berlin: R. Wagner, 1871-74. Very large folio (17-3/4 by 21-5/8 inches), title leaf on heavy cardstock and 34 fine plates on textured paper mounted on cardstock; housed in the publisher's deluxe green leather-backed green cloth gilt portfolio box, large sepia portrait of Hildebrandt set in front board oval under glass, original brass clasps. $25,000.First edition of this collection of 34 stunning color aquarelle plates finished by hand of scenes from the world tour of artist Eduard Hildebrandt, official Painter to the Royal Court of Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, featuring scenes from Alexandria, Benares, Bombay, Cairo, Bangkok, Rangoon, Hong Kong, Macao, Peking, Singapore, Manila, Japan, and two famous views of San Francisco. In the publisher's magnificent deluxe portfolio box, with a large sepia portrait of Hildebrandt mounted under glass on the front… Read More
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Observations Historical, Critical, and Medical, on the Wines of the Ancients

Observations Historical, Critical, and Medical, on the Wines of the Ancients

by BARRY Edward

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1775. First Edition . BARRY, Edward. Observations Historical, Critical, and Medical, on the Wines of the Ancients. And the Analogy between Them and Modern Wines. With General Observations on the Principles and Qualities of Water, and in Particular on Those of Bath. London: Printed for T. Cadell, 1775. Quarto, contemporary full tree calf, black morocco spine label. Housed in a custom chemise and clamshell box. $5200.First edition of this landmark work on wine, with engraved frontispiece depicting the thermopolium from Baccius’ work, and vignette title page. A lovely copy in contemporary tree calf.Sir Edward Barry, born in Ireland in 1696 and a physician by training, ""was the first who treated the subject of wines in this country scientifically"" (DNB). In this volume he reviews wines from a historical perspective, discusses wine storage and the construction of wine cellars, evaluates critically the wines of various regions and qualities of water in wine-making, and ultimately… Read More
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Cambria Depicta

Cambria Depicta

by PUGH Edward

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1816. First Edition . [PUGH, Edward]. Cambria Depicta: a Tour through North Wales, Illustrated with Picturesque Views. London: E. Williams, 1816. Folio (9-1/2 by 12-1/2 inches), 20th-century three-quarter red straight-grain morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. $6200.First edition of this wonderfully illustrated tour of North Wales, written in ""a lively and entertaining style,"" with 71 fine hand-colored aquatints. This copy richly extra-illustrated with the inclusion of 23 hand-colored aquatints from Compton's Northern Cambrian Mountains of 1820, for a total of 94 hand-colored aquatint plates. A handsomely bound copy.""The best of all the books on Wales is the Cambria Depicta of Edward Pugh, the drawings for which took ten years to complete. In the preface the author speaks of the multiplication of illustrations of the same scenes owing to the fact that most travellers, being ignorant of the language of the country, never left the… Read More
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Complete Writings of Elbert Hubbard

Complete Writings of Elbert Hubbard

by HUBBARD Elbert

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1908. First Edition . Signed. HUBBARD, Elbert. The Complete Writings. East Aurora, New York: The Roycroft Shop, (1908-15). Twenty volumes. Tall quarto, original three-quarter crushed brown morocco, gilt- and blind-tooled spines, raised bands, top edges gilt, uncut. $5200.Author’s edition of the collected Little Journeys, number 689 of 1000 sets, finely printed and bound by Hubbard’s prestigious Roycroft Press, each volume signed by Hubbard. With two pages of a Hubbard manuscript bound into Volume I.Appalled by the way commercialization cheapened the art of printing books, and inspired by William Morris' Kelmscott Press, Hubbard founded his own press in 1893. The Roycroft Press became perhaps the most important touchstone of the Arts and Crafts Movement in America, which sought to revive the standards of medieval craftsmanship by producing books that were themselves works of art. This set is one of the finest examples of the Arts and Crafts style in American printing and the epitome of… Read More
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Typed letter signed

by HEMINGWAY Ernest

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1949. HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Typed letter twice signed ""Papa"" to Peter Viertel. Finca Vigia, Cuba, 29 September 1949. Quarto, two sheets of Hemingway's ""Finca Vigia, San Francisco de Paula, Cuba"" stationery, each leaf measuring 8-1/2 inches by 11 inches, typed in black ink, single-spaced, on one side of each leaf for two full pages of typed text, heavily annotated in pen by Hemingway. $42,000.Extraordinary typed and heavily annotated letter from Hemingway in Cuba to friend and fellow author and screenwriter Peter Viertel in Malibu, California, a long, lively letter discussing his writing progress, a proposed trip, hunting and shooting pigeons, drinking, baseball and a new whore in town, with over 150 words of additional notes written in the margins and on the verso of the second page in blue ink by Hemingway. Twice signed as 'Papa.'.The letter, on Hemingway's Finca Vigia stationery, addressed to Peter Viertel in Malibu, CA, reads in full [with… Read More
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by HEMINGWAY Ernest

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1931. Signed. HEMINGWAY, Ernest. Autograph letter signed. St. Louis, circa October 1931. One leaf of Hotel Statler stationery, measuring 6 by 9-1/2 inches, writing on recto and verso. $9500.Fine autograph letter signed from Hemingway to Charles MacGregor, secretary to Robert Benchley, one of the members of the famed Algonquin Round Table in the 1920s.The recipient of this letter, Charles MacGregor, was the secretary for writer and actor Robert Benchley, a friend of Hemingway's who was one of the central figures of the famed Algonquin Round Table writers of the 1920s. The letter reads, in full: ""Dear Mac: -If you have not received the camera it is because it was packed in the trunk Monday morning in my absence and shipped direct for Kansas City by Gabrielle (Gaby) Jacquot Patrick's new nurse. She also packed and shipped all my clean shirts my slippers etc. If they can't fix it in Kansas City maybe I'll send it to you. Owning to the depression the only size 17 plain white… Read More
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Chronicon

by EUSEBIUS

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1483. EUSEBIUS OF CAESAREA. Chronicon, id est temporum breviarium. (Venice: Erhart Ratdolt, 1483). Small folio, rebound in full old calf with contemporary blind-tooled calf front cover and later spine and spine label neatly laid down, evidence of clasps; ll. [181] of 182, without final blank only. $23,000.Expanded second edition of ""the ancient world's first systematic history,"" first published circa 1475-76, here enlarged to cover the years 1449-81, which includes a mention of Gutenberg as the inventor of printing for only the third time in print. A desirable copy of this scarce and finely printed incunable, with excellent early rubrication in blue and red throughout, two large and 14 smaller woodcut initials of varying sizes, all finely hand-colored, and a lovely freehand ""Laus Deo"" in red and blue ink on the colophon.This tabular chronicle of ancient history by the historian and theologian Eusebius of Caesarea (260-339) and is regarded as… Read More
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